HMS Diamond (D35)
HMS Diamond was a Daring-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, and launched on 14 June 1950. This ship was John Brown & Company's first all-welded ship (as opposed to the rivetted construction more commonly used up to that time).
HMS Diamond, July 1952
|Ordered:||24 January 1945|
|Builder:||John Brown & Company, Clydebank|
|Laid down:||15 March 1949|
|Launched:||14 June 1950|
|Commissioned:||21 February 1952|
|Identification:||Pennant number: D35|
|Fate:||Scrapped at Rainham, Kent, 12 November 1981|
|Class and type:||Daring-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||Standard: 2,830 tons, full load: 3,820 tons|
|Length:||391 ft (119 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Draught:||22.6 ft (6.9 m)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Range:||4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)|
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In 1953 Diamond took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On 29 September 1953, she sustained severe bow damage in a collision with the cruiser Swiftsure during Exercise Mariner, held off the coast of Iceland.
In 1956 Diamond was sent into Port Said to show the flag prior to the Franco-British assault, but the Egyptian government was unmoved and she sailed out to join the main attack force for the Suez landings at Port Said. She underwent a refit in 1959 at Chatham Dockyard. In 1964 she was involved in another collision, this time with the frigate Salisbury, in the English Channel during a naval demonstration.
In 1970, she became a dockside training ship in Portsmouth and remained in this role until replaced by the destroyer Kent. She was scrapped in Rainham in Kent in 1981.
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